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2020 Ford Explorer fights punctures with self-sealing tires

The 2020 Ford Explorer will do its darnedest to make sure a tire puncture won’t immediately put a driver on the side of the road with self-sealing tires from Michelin. Michelin’s self-sealing tires aren’t new—they were developed for the Chevrolet Bolt EV—but the 2020 Explorer marks the first time an SUV will wear them as standard equipment on select trims, Ford announced on Tuesday. Specifically, the Platinum and Limited Hybrid four-wheel-drive models will get the self-sealing tires as standard. They’ll be optional on non-hybrid Explorer Limited models. Every Explorer will…

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 limited to 180 mph, slower than Camaro ZL1

When the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 hits the streets this summer, it will have a top speed slower than its arch-rival, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. According to a Wednesday report from Car and Driver, Ford will limit the Shelby GT500 to 180 mph. The Camaro ZL1 has a top speed of 202 mph, while the ZL1 1LE is aero-limited to 190 mph. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye tops out at 203 mph. Motor Authority confirmed the 180-mph top speed governor with Ford. 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford’s…

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Porsche restores the first 917 to its original glory

The Porsche 917 is one of the most insane automotive creations ever dreamt up by humanity, offering a performance level that remains as impressive today as it was during the 1970s, when it dominated events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Nürburgring 1000 km. Some iterations were tuned to deliver well over 1,000 horsepower, enabling them to rocket to 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds and attain speeds of more than 240 mph. Remember, this was back in the 1970s. It was at the 1969 Geneva International…

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Jaguar cutting manual transmissions from US; other models may be next (Updated)

Jaguar’s current financial woes could spell the end of some models in the U.S., according to a recent report. Jaguar USA CEO Joe Eberhardt told The Detroit Bureau last week that Jaguar will drop its manual transmission, and that slow-selling models could also be shelved. Eberhardt said buyers’ preferences for crossovers and SUVs prompted the shift away from niche models. That’s not to say Jaguar wasn’t prepping for the shift; the brand didn’t prep quickly enough. Jaguar has two cost-cutting plans, “Charge” and “Accelerate,” that aim to save $3.3 billion…

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